South Dakota State Wins Second Regional Human Powered Vehicle Challenge at E-Fest East
Apr 26, 2018
For the second time in less than a month, South Dakota State University was named the overall winner of the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) — one of several ASME student competitions that take place each spring during the Society’s Engineering Festivals (E-Fests). Following its first-place finish at E-Fest West late last month in Pomona, Calif., the team once again emerged as the overall HPVC champ at E-Fest East, which was held from April 13-15 at Penn State University in State College, Pa.
More than 1,000 people attended E-Fest East, making it one of the biggest events yet since the program was launched last spring. The three-day, two-night festival for engineering students was packed with activities that highlighted the excitement and fun that engineering has to offer, including a welcome reception and concert, social mixers in the E-Fest Lounge area where students could meet and network, and tours of the Penn State Lab and the Millennium Science Complex.
E-Fest East at Penn State was also the location for the regional rounds of the Student Design Competition and the Old Guard Competitions. Winners of the regional events at E-Fest go on to compete at the final round of their competition at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in November.
Nearly 50 teams from universities in the United States, Canada, India and Egypt competed in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge at E-Fest East. At the end of the three-day competition, which consisted of men’s and women’s drag races and a two-and-a-half hour endurance event, the team from South Dakota State University, named FlapJack, took home the $800 overall first prize, $200 for placing first in the design submission, and $200 for finishing first in the women’s speed event. The team also placed second in the men’s speed event.
Another popular event at E-Fest East was the Student Design Competition (SDC). In this year’s SDC challenge, “Robot Football,” which was inspired by the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, students were asked to design and build robots capable of competing in a four way game of football — or soccer, as it’s called in the U.S. A team of students from the University of Florida finished first in the spirited daylong event, taking home the $500 first prize for their efforts. The Milwaukee School of Engineering team placed second, winning $300, while the team from Drexel University rounded out the top three at the E-Fest East SDC, receiving the $150 third prize.
A student from Western New England University, Caroline Teti, took top honors at the other Old Guard event held at the E-Fest: the Old Guard Technical Poster Competition. Teti received $300 for her winning poster presentation. Tiange Zhang of the University of Delaware placed second, winning $200, and Micah Hardyman of Tennessee Technological University finished in third place, receiving $100.
Daniel Fahy of Oxford University won the $250 first prize at another E-Fest event, the GrabCAD Challenge, which focused on “Engineering a 3D Printed Drone Attachment for Agriculture.” Artem Tayurskii of Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology and Ben Emre of Canada’s Conestoga College placed second and third at the challenge and received $100 and $75, respectively. ASME, Stratasys/GrabCAD and Siemens have partnered to create a 3D challenge for each E-Fest with the aim of providing a solution to a problem that is unique to each E-Fest region.
For more information on the ASME E-Fest program, visit https://efests.asme.org.